G eneva  Welch is a nationally known artist, specializing in watercolors and oil paintings of animals and country scenes.

She grew up in Alleghany County, Virginia. Wading in the river near her home and hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains built a life-long love for the natural world.

As a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's Communication Arts and Design Department, Geneva has earned honors and awards as a graphic designer in advertising and graphic agencies throughout Virginia.

She has designed logos and signage systems for such places as Edwin J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Akron, Ohio and JFK Center in Washington, DC.  Her outdoor habitat signs for wildlife at Maymont Park in in Richmond appeared in the Virginia Designer Show at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Her career as a commercial artist/designer lasted only a few years before the freedom of self-expression and her affection for wildlife and domestic farm animals combined to produce a compelling passion to create this beauty and spirit.  For the past twenty-five years she has been primarily a watercolorist with some work in acrylic.  More recently however, she has found the enjoyment of working in oil more gratifying.  Through the art medium of oil, she is able to capture the depth and vibrancy of her subjects with more challenging clarity.  This change was greatly influenced by her appreciation of the Dutch and Flemish paintings with their attention to details and building up of thin layers of color glazes.

Collectors and critics alike are captivated by her ability to give a real humane quality to everyday farm animals and wildlife.  She has been recognized as an outstanding artistic talent by Sheep Magazine, Virginia Wildlife Magazine, Spin-Off Magazine.  She also released a cow calendar through Walden Books and has exhibited at many art galleries and one-man shows.

Her limited editions prints are sold nationally and give an extensive inventory of many of her best paintings.  Her work is found in many private collections including those of Robert Duvall, Randy Travis and James "Bear" Brady.

The misty backgrounds in her Rappahannock country scenes are probably her trademark.  They keep the scene simple, serene, and contemplative.  Although a realist, she does not give you an itemized list of what she sees.  She suggests more than she depicts, and her work shows a love for creation as well as the Creator.

Geneva lives in Rappahannock County, Virginia with her family and many animals.  In June 2004, she opened her new gallery and shop that carries her limited edition prints and original paintings along with gift items of jewelry and hand painted scarves from other artists and designers.




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